Back To School
12:54 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Despite Nearby Unrest, New Normandy Opens School Year

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman, St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated at 9:19 p.m. Monday with latest cancellation in Ferguson-Florissant)

With adults cheering them on and the aftermath of violent protest just a few miles away, students began classes Monday in the new Normandy Schools Collaborative, hoping to put drama behind them and keep their sights on success.

“It’s nice to have a welcome back party for Normandy,” senior Breonia Gregory said as she walked through the parking lot toward the high school. “We’ve been through a lot. It’s nice to have something like this positive feedback from the community.”

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Back To School
8:22 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

No School Again Tuesday In Ferguson-Florissant , Jennings, Riverview; Normandy Resumes

Volunteers for Parents for Peace made signs to welcome back students in the Ferguson-Florissant students on the first day of school.
Credit Courtesy Parents for Peace

Updated 9:21 p.m. Monday with cancellation of classes in Ferguson-Florissant all week

The Ferguson-Florissant school district has postponed opening yet again, now saying school would not be in session all week and would begin next Monday, Aug. 25.

Earlier, the first day, which had been scheduled for Monday, was postponed for one day because of concern about students walking to school in a community disrupted by protest.

Jennings and Riverview Gardens had canceled classes for Monday as well.

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Transfer Lawsuit
7:15 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Judge Rules In Favor Of Normandy Students Seeking Transfers

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

A St. Louis County Circuit judge ruled Friday that students from three families living in the Normandy school district have the right to transfer to nearby accredited districts.

Those districts – Pattonville, Ritenour and Ferguson-Florissant – had denied the students access in the new school year, even though they had transferred to schools in those districts in the last school year. But the families argued successfully that the state had improperly given the new Normandy Schools Collaborative a status that freed it from the requirements of the Missouri transfer law.

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Michelle Tucker
1:11 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Commentary: Collegiate Moon Goal Should Be To Prepare The Next Generation Of Diverse Leaders

Dean Benjamin Akande and Michelle Tucker
Credit Provided by Webster University

As an aspiring English teacher during her undergraduate studies more than 20 years ago, Michelle Tucker’s ambition was to become a key leader within corporate America. Michelle’s aspirations led her to Webster University to pursue her graduate degree, which she completed in 2000. Michelle’s encounters with nurturing, farsighted professors at Webster University played a key role in refining her talents and maximizing her strengths in strategic planning, people management and employee development.

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Student Achievement
6:17 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Statewide MAP Test Scores Down In English, Math & Science, Up In Social Studies

The Missouri State Board of Education announced a drop in this year's state MAP scores over last year.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Figures released today Tuesday by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) show an overall drop in standardized test scores for the state's public school students.

Fewer students during the past school year achieved "proficient" scores for English, math and science sections of the Missouri Assessment Program, or MAP, tests.  Social studies was the only subject that saw overall scores rise.  

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Student Safety
4:02 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Schools Cope With Ferguson Unrest

As students prepare to return to school, districts in north county are trying to ensure that that return is safe.
Credit Credit Cast a Line / Flickr

Updated 8:44 p.m. with statement from Normandy schools:

As the school year begins around the area, some districts in north St. Louis County are particularly wary following unrest in Ferguson over the weekend.

In Jennings, where students walk to school, the opening of classes Monday was postponed to Tuesday, to ensure student safety.

In a letter to families and staff released early Monday morning, signed by Superintendent Tiffany Anderson, the district said:

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12:24 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Why Does Social Work School Have Business Classes?

Amanda Moore McBride, associate dean for the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.
Credit Courtesy of Washington University in St. Louis

Paul Sorenson was working his way toward a master’s degree from Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work when he kept bumping into the same questions over and over again.  

As an intern for the nonprofit health-care provider Grace Hill, Sorenson was supposed to connect poor families with resources that could help get them caught up on rent and utility bills. But what if one of these agencies  had its funding reduced, moved its offices or was no longer open?  

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Transfer Lawsuit
12:23 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Answers To Normandy School Questions: Fate Of Transfers Hinges On A Few Words

Credit (via Google Maps screen capture)

As a St. Louis County circuit judge weighs whether four families who live in Normandy have the right to send their children to nearby accredited districts in the upcoming school year, Missouri education officials are trying to clarify action they took recently that is central to the case.

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Spanish Lake Bookmoblie
3:45 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

A Sweet Answer For A Library Desert In Spanish Lake

Lavonda Logwood and 2 year old Lei’onna Hawthorne look for books about animals from the Sweet Reads truck.
Credit Emanuele Berry

A white van travels though the Spanish Cove apartment complex in North St. Louis County. On top of the vehicle a loud speaker blasts classic ice cream truck tunes. The van pulls over on the side of the road. The driver flings open the doors to reveal a wide selection of … books.

The St. Louis County Library’s Sweet Reads program provides a traveling collection books to Spanish Lake residents during the summer. This is the program’s second year.

Starting this fall, however, the program will run year long.

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Student Transfers
5:37 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Normandy Families Blocked From Student Transfers Argue Their Case In Court

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

The end of summer is coming for most area students, if it hasn’t already arrived, but the uncertainty over transfers out of Normandy remains.

The attorney for parents suing to allow their students to transfer out of Normandy accused state education officials Wednesday of using “linguistical magic” to change the rules by saying that the new Normandy district is accredited and Missouri’s transfer statute does not apply.

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